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MINDFULNESS For Healthcare Professionals

Since 2011, Mindfulness Northwest has been working with physicians and other medical professionals. We offer a variety of programs for healthcare, from 1-3 hour introductions to our 5-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals course. All developed especially for busy healthcare workers.

Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is a powerful course on stress reduction and burnout prevention containing the core elements of the renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Pre/post data shows significant reduction in factors leading to burnout.

Want to bring mindfulness to your workplace? Our clients have included Kaiser Permanente and the UW School of Medicine.

Contact us to find out how we can support your healthcare team.

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I really appreciated that the course found ways to help busy doctors integrate mindfulness into their lives and practice WITHOUT taking more time out of our lives. I was more energetic, happy, and present for my family. And while my work days weren’t any shorter, being mindful helped me feel less resentful of my time at work.

Seattle Healthcare Professional

Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals
October 18 (Tuesday evenings)

Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals

ONLINE

5-week course

A Day of Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals
November 12 (Saturday)

A Day of Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals

ONLINE

1-day retreat

More About Healthcare Professional Programs

Since 2012, Mindfulness Northwest has been providing training in mindfulness to healthcare professionals and staff. Our signature 5-week class, Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals, has been offered over 25 times to professionals at UW Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth, The Everett Clinic, Evergreen Medical, Skagit Valley Medical, Washington Physicians Health Program, and others.

Please contact us for more information.

EVIDENCE-BASED TRAINING

A substantial and growing body of peer-reviewed research confirms that when organizations provide mindfulness training to employees, both profit.

Organizations enjoy these benefits:

  • Greater employee engagement
  • Higher morale
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced stress and burnout
  • Lower turnover

And their employees report:

  • Stronger connections to the organization and other employees
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Improved focus and creativity
  • Gratitude for the benefits of this training on their non-work lives

The research also identifies these general health and wellness benefits:

  • Increased stress resilience and reduced anxiety
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved response to chronic pain
  • Reduced symptoms and risk of many chronic diseases (high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, skin disorders)
  • And many others

Research citations available on request

Ready to bring mindfulness to your team? Contact us.

MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Format: Five 2.5 hour classes, one extended 6-hour session, and daily home practice.

Our Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals (MHP) training includes all of the core elements of the well-studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum (Kabat-Zinn 1990, 1982, 2002) in a briefer and more concentrated format adapted for healthcare, and is equivalent in scale and content to several mindfulness training interventions which have proven effective (Fourtney et al. 2013, Schoroeder et al. 2015).

Preliminary data we’ve collected suggests our course results in a decrease of symptoms of burnout, an increase in mindfulness, and a decrease in perceived stress. Specifically, the data show:

  • an increase in mindfulness of 11%;
  • a decrease in perceived stress of 21%;
  • a reduction in depersonalization of 15%:
  • a decrease in emotional exhaustion 6%; and
  • an increased sense of efficacy 8%.

Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals has been offered since 2012 at the University of Washington Medical School, The Everett Clinic, Evergreen Medical Center, Skagit Valley Regional Medical Center, PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Seattle Cancer Care Center, Providence Health, and through the Washington Physician’s Health Program.

The course has been accredited for CME (Continuing Medical Education). Our live online offering through PeaceHealth St. Joseph is designated for a maximum of 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Interested in joining an ongoing MHP training or bringing a session to your medical center? Contact us.

 

Policies & Program Info

Our COVID Policy

UPDATED June 1, 2022

Vaccination required:  We expect participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance to CDC guidelines before arriving at any in-person event.

Stay home if you are ill: If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should not attend. Should COVID-like symptoms begin during the event, we ask that you notify a training leader immediately.

Full social distancing isn’t always practical in the venues we use. We will spread out as reasonable. Look to your instructor for guidance.

Mask wearing: currently RECOMMENDED. 

Masking requirements are based on CDC guidelines (current levels) and State and Country recommendations.

CDC guidelines which are responsive to current Community Covid Levels (High, Medium, or Low). Mask wearing is required when the Community Covid Level for that county becomes High. Currently (June 1st) CDC levels are Medium for the counties we work in and indoor masking is optional per CDC.

However the State of Washington Department of Health currently recommends masking when indoors in crowded spaces.

Masking by your teacher: At either optional or recommended masking level we do allow our teachers to be unmasked when speaking so that you can hear them better. When masking is required it is required for everyone, including the teacher.

* Always mask if you have had any recent exposure to Covid, are immunocompromised, or are in close contact with immunocompromised others.
 
Note: If you do choose to mask, make it count: N95 or KN95 masks have been shown to reduce viral spread much more effectively than cloth or surgical masks.

Questions? If you have any questions about our COVID-19 policy, please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com or (360) 830-6439 ext 0.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

We are honored to support each participant in their mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Northwest does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our staff, students, and clients.

Payment Plans & Sliding Scale Pricing

Payment Plans

You may pay your tuition with 4 monthly interest-free payments at Checkout. You will be redirected to Partial.ly, a 3rd party online payment plan service. Your first payment is made now, the remaining 3 are withdrawn on the same day of the month that you registered. Questions? Contact Partial.ly Support.

Sliding Scale Pricing

As part of our non-profit commitment to accessibility, we offer a sliding scale fee for most of our courses, workshops, retreats, and trainings. You may choose the fee that matches your budget; there is no application or screening process.

Our intention is to make our offerings affordable to all while allowing those who are more fortunate in their financial circumstances an opportunity to practice generosity. Generally, the middle "Our Cost" value on the sliding scale is the amount needed to fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.

There are 3 levels on our sliding scale fees in addition to scholarship options.

  • Supporting Tuition: At this level, your registration fees somewhat exceed the costs of your attending the program. This is an offering to help subsidize the reduced fees paid by others who have more challenging financial circumstances.
  • Our Cost Tuition: At this level, your registration fees fully cover the costs of your attending the program.
  • Subsidized Tuition: At this level, your registration fees do not fully cover the costs of your attending the program. If you select this level, your registration will be subsidized by others, either via the general donations people offer or through the additional fees paid by those selecting a Supporting Level fee.

Donations

Donations are another way to support the accessibility provided by our sliding scale. Will you help?

Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

QUESTIONS?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Do you offer discounts or scholarships?

We do! Our mission is to make mindfulness accessible. To that end we offer a sliding scale for tuition which includes scholarship rates. No need to apply; simply choose the level that's the best fit for your budget. MNW alumni receive a discounted rate for some events. We also provide a 4-month interest-free payment plan option, available during registration.

Is there a way to make up a missed class?

Yes! We allow participants in MBSR, MSC, and MHP courses to attend another class in the same quarter (when possible). You may email us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com to make arrangements. Provide the name of your current class, location, day of the week, and the class you’ll be missing (e.g. MBSR, Online, Tuesday nights, class 6). You’ll be contacted by the Community Program Coordinator within one business day.

Registration Policies

By signing up for a Mindfulness Northwest event you agree to the following:

EMAIL

Event registrants are automatically signed up for our emails, including a monthly newsletter, upcoming program announcements, and other updates. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

ELIGIBILITY

Unless otherwise stated, our courses and retreats are designed for adults. If you (or an individual for whom you are registering) are less than 18 years of age, please contact the office before registering.

Registration is not complete until you have paid your registration fee or started your payment plan. You have 24 hours to do this. Please contact us if you need to request special arrangements.

We ask that people who are attending our programs together please register separately.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES
  • All event registrations include a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds for cancellation always have this fee deducted.

  • Registrations are non-transferable, and we do not provide credit for cancelled registrations or missed classes.

  • Refunds and cancellation from our programs:

    • Cancel up to 1 month before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $30 non-refundable processing fee.
    • Cancel between 1 month and one week before the event begins: Receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee.
    • Cancel under one week before the event begins: No refunds. To receive a refund, you must let us know at least one week before the event begins.
RECORDINGS & PHOTOGRAPHY

As a participant you agree not to take photos, audio recordings, or video recordings of our classes or other class participants.

Note that Mindfulness Northwest may make audio/video recordings of our instructors for certification and training purposes. These recordings are for internal use only.

What are our classes like?

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR 8-WEEK COURSES

Our teachers work hard to create a supportive, friendly, and safe classroom community for you and the other participants in our 8-week classes. Mindfulness and compassion training can be many things to many people at different points in their lives: supportive, exploratory, revealing, and at times challenging. The classes include both tools you can use every day and opportunities to take a deep dive into your mind, habits, and conditioning. This process has many benefits but it’s also important to consider if the time is right. Please read on and consider watching the 5-minute video below.

There are instances where a longer course like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or Mindful Self-Compassion can be less helpful or even harmful.If you've recently experienced serious psychological challenges like schizophrenia or psychosis not responsive to medication, or you are experiencing severe depression with thoughts of suicide, class is probably not helpful at this time. We also suggest caution if you're recently in recovery, recently lost a close loved one, have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or have recently experienced significant trauma.

If you're unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

We hope you enjoy this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like. We recommend you watch it before enrolling in an 8-week or residential MBSR or MSC.

 

Who takes our classes?

All adults (18+) are welcome! Our supportive, inclusive community celebrates participants from all backgrounds.  Certain retreats are best suited for more experienced practitioners; details about prerequisites are included with each event description.

We ask that people who are attending our programs together please register separately.

Is an 8-week class right for you?

We recommend you watching this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like before enrolling in an 8-week or residential MBSR or MSC.

If you're unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

Is a retreat right for you?

WHO OUR ONE DAY RETREATS ARE FOR

Our single day retreats are ideal for people with some mindfulness or meditation experience. Introductory information about mindfulness will not be provided at this session. Rather, we will dive right in to guided practice. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge; however, all are welcome. For some, “jumping in” is a great way to start.

WHO OUR MULTI-DAY RETREATS ARE FOR

Before sitting a multi-day retreat we recommend that you have teacher-led experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. Please contact us if you have questions about whether a given retreat will be appropriate for you.

Our multi-day retreats are appropriate for:

  • Those who have taken a course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion, or Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals.
  • Established students of mindfulness interested in deepening and maintaining their practice.
  • Mindfulness teachers and students who’d like to strengthen their understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary mindfulness.
  • Those seeking to fulfill a required teacher-led silent retreat for a teacher training.
  • Adults age 18 and over.